Gratefully Cheery Week 6

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart

This week has been a difficult week for me as Esther, William and David have all been quite unwell.  As has my cousin who was hoping to come round and support us while she was off work this week.  However this difficulty has lead to one of my main reasons for being cheerful, I have asked my Mum to come and stay for a few weeks, and I am really really looking forward to spending some proper time with her.  More on that in a minute.

My reasons for being cheerily grateful this week …

My sister’s wedding was a wonderful occasion and she was a beautiful bride!

It really was a great day and Julie did not stop smiling throughout.  I did not stop crying!  People kept asking me on the run up to the day “Will you be emotional when your sister gets married?” and I said no.  I really did not think that I would be but as soon as I woke up that morning the tears welled up.  I could not look at Julie without crying.  She was so beautiful and I felt so so proud.  My little sister was a bride and now she is a wife!  Congratulations again Mrs Newsome!

Esther and William seem to be surviving their first cold without needing medical intervention

I think that they both have the same cold on top of which they are teething but oh how different they behave!! Esther is quietly getting on with life while William is letting everyone know that he is not very well!  So so different.  He is definitely suffering though our William.  He screams with pain and his cheeks are red raw.  He is also a total snot monster and seems to be off his food.  But I am thankful, so thankful, that 3 days in and he does not seem to be getting worse.  I am hoping that this time hospitalisation has been avoided.  Touch wood!

Esther and William are now sleeping in a big cot!

When we got home from the wedding on Sunday night we did not rebuild the bedside co-sleeper instead we transferred both babies into one traditional wooden cot.  It is still beside our bed to make night feeding easier but it is a big, proper babies cot.  They sleep side by side horizontally across the cot.  We plan to keep them together until after our wedding in September when they will be one year corrected age, then they will  graduate again to a cot bed of their very own!

This blog has entered the Wikio Top 500 Parenting Blogs at 396!!!

Today I received an email telling me that my blog has entered the Top 500 of the Wikio UK Blog Ranking in the category of Parenting.  Woo Hoo! And when I checked my ranking it is 396!  This has not only made me cheerful, it has made me determined to be a better blogger and to make my way up the ranks!  One can only try!  One of the things that I am hoping to do is move my blog and rename it to make it more memorable and appropriate for the content it now includes.  I have a website as well as this blog called Edspire and so may combine the two and host my writing there.

My Mum is coming to stay!

My parents live in Spain and though we seem them quite regularly it is not the same as having them here when I need them.  Subconsciously I think that this has been really getting to me since my operation and the babies being born.  It has, from my point of view, really affected my relationship with my parents.  Today I made the first step in putting things right by asking my Mum to come and stay.  I should have done it weeks ago as we have desperately needed help but something inside me just wouldn’t let that be.  Now I have realised, through Esther actually, that this is not the right way to be.  I loved my Nan more than all the world and my children deserve to have a chance at a similar relationship with theirs.  Also, I would hate it if Esther acted toward me as I have been doing to my Mum recently.  I have to move on from the bad birth of Esther and William and do everything I can to give them the good life they deserve.  David’s family are wonderful but I want Esther and William to know my side of the family too, and I want my Mum and I to be friends, something I don’t think we have ever been.  Lets hope that we can all start again and make things work as they should x That really will be something to be cheerful about!


About willest

Very proud 34 year old Mum of twins William and Esther, born on 24th July 2010 at 27 weeks and 3 days
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9 Responses to Gratefully Cheery Week 6

  1. Hannah says:

    Lovely reasons to be cheerful.

    Your sister looks beautiful x

  2. Your sister looks very beautiful indeed and hwo wonderful that yoru mum is coming to stay, mine is too next Friday!

    Have you used olbus oil or similar on their bedding to help with blocked noses at night. I swear by it. Hope they are all fully better very soon.

    Mich x

  3. mumsarcade says:

    Lovely bride – you can tell when it is right by the smile on the bride’s face. Must be lovely to have a sister too.

    Having your Mum around is fabulous. I miss mine and also wish I had told her more often when I needed her help rather than being all proud and independent. Too late now!

    Have you tried the Karvol Plug-ins that you put in a socket and are child-proof. Very effective.

    Well done on your super-powered blogging success. I am still not sure how to submit to the Wikio thing

    My reasons to be cheerful this week are over at

    If you like handbags, I also have a sparkly Boden clutch bag up for grabs in a competition at

    Your little ones are so gorgeous

  4. Beautiful wedding dress.

    Hope the little ones are feeling better.

  5. Maxabella says:

    Your sister made a beautiful bride. Thanks for sharing her big day with us.

    Enjoy your parents! x

  6. Seraphimsp says:

    Weddings are so wonderful aren’t they? I’m glad your mum is coming to stay. It sounds exactly what you both need in many ways. x

  7. A great list of gratefuls! Good luck with your climb up the rankings!

  8. Hey, thanks for stopping by again and leaving a comment. What a beautiful bride your sister was, gorgeous dress! Really liking your reasons to be cheerful. So lovely that the twins sleep side by side. Enjoy the time with your mum, life is too short, and moments are precious. Will send you some rays from Tenerife ;o)

  9. Cat says:

    I hope you did make your best friend some mars bar slice, and I hope you had a nice big slice too.
    I hope your babies get over their colds soon. Our firstborn was born at 35w and 3d, so I understand much of what you have been through. She was only in hospital for 15 days after her birth, but we were always badgered by the health nurses that she was too tiny and needed to put on more weight. I am so impressed (and jealous!) you are breastfeeding your babies – I wanted to breastfeed her desperately, but she would not have any of it, and the heath nurses were more concerned about her putting on weight.

    I am still breastfeeding our second (full term!) child at 17 months old (mainly morning and night only) and still loving it.

    Nice to meet you. You are doing a great job – being a mummy is such hard work, do the best you can. Cat

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